Review of: Lover by T.M. Smith (audiobook)

TITLE: Lover (audiobook)
AUTHOR: T.M. Smith
SERIES: Survivor Series
PUBLISHER: TTC Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: Aug 31 2018

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Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside he’s carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past he’s evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just fifteen, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil.
Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn’t turn out as planned. On the plus side, he meets free-spirited college senior Shannon Dupree.
Rand Davis finds himself fortysomething and single when his partner of more than a decade is unfaithful. Taking over the Cold Case Squad frees up some of his time, and Rand welcomes newfound friendships within the Langford-Moore family circle. He thinks relationships are not in the cards for him until he meets an agent with an attitude and a vivacious blond that make him want so much more.
Past, present, pain, and suffering collide, ushering in the possibility of a life and love worth fighting for. Although their personalities couldn’t be more different, their three hearts beat the same. Shannon, Rory, and Rand learn the definition of love, commitment, and strength and if they allow themselves, the trio will find all that and more—in each other.


Narration: Another spot-on narration by Nick J. Russo. He’s wonderful to listen to, and he makes the rhythm of the book come alive. The quality is perfect, and I think he’s one of my new favorites!
Story: This is a series, and you need to read book one first!

I had to listen to book two after hearing book one. I normally stick to audiobooks at work so I don’t go through them too fast, but I had to listen to this over the weekend at home as I unpacked…I just couldn’t wait!

We meet all three characters in book one—Shannon, Rory, and Rand. I wasn’t so sure about Rory in book one. He broke FBI rules he shouldn’t have and hurt Frank’s feelings. But I think he redeemed himself here. Again, T.M. wrote the story following a long time-period showing the love building over time. I’m a big fan!
Here we have a new bad guy, but we know Shannon is running from the start. The underlying story tore at my feelings, pulling me back and forth. At one point, I was even wondering if Shannon was his real name!

Shannon seems like a lively kind of guy on the outside, but on the inside, he’s a hurt guy who just wants a normal life that has someone love him without hurting him. The story starts with him leaving the abuse that caught him at 15, three years before. Then we skip some time and Shannon goes off the rails a little, having fun and enjoying men for a bit. We learn that he’s gotten serious about life and focuses on his future with the support of his best friend Taylor (MC from Survivor 1). And that’s when he meets Rory, and finally Rand.

Rory is an FBI that we met in Survivor 1. He’s working a missing person’s case that turns out to be a lot more sinister. He met Shannon through Taylor and Frank and starts a relationship with him. There’s a slow burn from the two figuring things out. Shannon is still love-shy, and Rory is getting over his feelings for Frank. But it’s a sweet romance with a twist because they both meet Rand and start having feelings for him as well.

Rand is a local cop that was a part of the case in book one and he’s brought onto the task force for the backstory in book two with Rory. The travel and close quarters brought Rand and Rory closer to start, but Shannon is never far from both of their thoughts.

There is no real cheating in this…the thruple evolves over time and in an organic way that’s sweet and believable. The case is intriguing and keeps the reader interested in that part as well as the romance parts.

I have two weeks until my audible credit renews…yeah, book three will be what I use that for!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Survivor by T.M. Smith (audiobook)

TITLE: Survivor (audiobook)
AUTHOR: T.M. Smith
SERIES: Survivor Series
PUBLISHER: TTC Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Jan 30 2019

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Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only 13 years old – his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.
Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.
A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started 10 years earlier.


Narration: Another spot-on narration by Nick J. Russo. He’s wonderful to listen to and he makes rhythm of the book come alive. The quality is always spot on as well. I was able to get right into the story, even at work.

Story: This is the first book in the series by T.M. Smith and my first from them. I really liked the flow of the story. It was a slow burn, but it started so innocent with one character as a child and moves through the years. The world building was very detailed.

Taylor pulls at your heartstrings right from the start. But T.M. writes the age progression perfectly from 13 to 23. Taylor’s support system was written wonderfully and it’s a family I bet many kids wished they had growing up.

Frank is there through the years, but as Taylor’s feelings change so do Frank’s. Reading the blurb, I was worried there would be that creepy factor, but thought I love May/December stories, so I gave it a shot.

Sex scenes are hot and not too long. The secondary story of the crime that runs through the 10-year period is written very well. I had no idea!

I’ll be reviewing the next in the series as well and looking forward to listening!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Hillbilly Diner’s Omega by Corie Rosling (audiobook)

TITLE: Hillbilly Diner’s Omega (audiobook)
AUTHOR: Corie Rosling
SERIES: Sugar Beach
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Mpreg
RELEASE DATE: Apr 16 2019

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One omega on the run.
One alpha resigned to a life alone.
Until the day their paths cross and their fates are sealed.
Dai
I thought I had an alpha who would love me forever. But I found out the hard way I was wrong. Broken and bleeding, I have no choice but to run, but I have nowhere to go. No one to turn to. Until I meet him — Jace. He promises me a home. Safety. Maybe even a second chance at love. I want to believe that’s possible. But after all I’ve been through, how can I trust another sexy alpha?
Jace
I’ve always been looking for something I couldn’t find — that one special omega who could become the center of my world. I’ve almost given up hope when Dai walks into my life. One look at him, and I know. So I give him a home. A job. My heart. I’ll do whatever it takes to protect what we’ve built. The omega is mine. And I’m going to prove it to him.
Hillbilly Diner’s Omega is a steamy non-shifter mpreg 34,000-word novella set in an Omegaverse. This is a steamy younger man/older man mpreg story.


Narration: Richard Sack narrated this. It was a first for me with him, and I wasn’t a fan. His voice is older sounding, so the Dai parts just didn’t work for me. It was okay for Jace since he was older, but that’s it…just okay. I felt he read too slow in most parts and it was a bit stuttered. In parts, it was a struggle for me to get through the whole thing. But I thought the story was cute, so I kept at it.

Story: This is an insta-love non-shifter mpreg story. It’s a short cute read that had me saying aww a couple of times. Hillbilly Diner’s Omega was also my first Corie Rosling book, and if she has a new narrator, it won’t be my last listen. Otherwise, I’ll have to stick to their written books.

This is an Alpha/omega world built well in the short amount of time the author had here. I found myself pushing for Dia to have his HEA within a few minutes of starting the book. He’s a sweetheart who tried to take care of everyone he could.

Jace is a proud hillbilly that made me smile. He may be older, but it wasn’t because he was out doing every omega he could, but that he just hadn’t found the right one for him yet. I liked that since we see too many man-whore-to-perfect-mate stories out there nowadays.

I liked how there was no angst between the MCs, just the back story and the ass that Dai was with before. I was a little off about Dai’s parents and why they weren’t there for him, but it was just a niggle, nothing major.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Sweet Anticipation by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Sweet Anticipation
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019

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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar collection Homemade for the Holidays.
Greg Hansen’s pregnant sister is on bed rest, so it falls to Greg to finalize the arrangements for her best friend’s bachelorette party. Little does he know he’s in for a sweet surprise. When he arrives at the bakery recommended to him, he comes face to face with the man he never should’ve let get away—Rhys Denning.
Rhys’s business is booming with the holidays approaching, so he can’t agree to cater the party without help—and that means Greg getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, where the two reconnect over sugar, spice, holiday goodies of all kinds, and even some penis-shaped baguettes! But the most satisfying treat might be the second chance they never thought they’d get.


I loved Sweet Anticipation by Andrew Grey. It’s one of the short stories in the 2019 Advent Calendar: Homemade for the Holidays Anthology. It was a super fun short story. The characters were nicely fleshed out and had to deal with everyday problems. I thought the blurb was interesting, and it was a lot of fun seeing Greg try to fulfill the list that he’d gotten from his sister for her best friend’s bachelorette party.

One of my favorite parts of the story was his sister’s reaction when she attended the bachelorette party and saw all of the naughty-shaped Christmas tree decorations and naughty-shaped baguettes as party favors. She was properly horrified, but the bride absolutely loved it.

Greg definitely had his work cut out for him since he’s one of those people that can burn water. I can sympathize with that because I am gifted that way also. He really lucked out when the person that his sister wanted him to use to make the cake had a death in the family that made it impossible for them to take any new commissions for cakes. He gets a referral from a friend for another baker and stops by the address to see if he has time to make the cake. He’s surprised when he realizes the baker is one of his exes. Rhys was a lifesaver for Greg. Not only can he make the cake but he’s also willing to help Greg with the other items on the list including the naughty-shaped baguettes. And as they make decorations and fulfill the items on the list, they rekindle the feelings that they had for each other when they were dating. Will they give dating another chance, or will they finish up the preparations for the bachelorette party and part ways? You’ll have to read the short story to find out.

This story is perfect for a lunchtime read.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  The Accidental Master Series by M.A. Innes (audiobook)

TITLE: The Accidental Master Series (audiobook)
AUTHOR: M.A. Innes
SERIES: The Accidental Master Series
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: BDSM
RELEASE DATE: Oct 15 2019

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Length: 20 hours and 31 minutes
The Accidental Master: The Complete Series
When a mishap completely turns Jackson’s life upside down, he has two options: ignore the sweet email from the two subs looking for a Master or take a leap of faith and see where it will lead them. Luckily for pups Sawyer and Cooper, Jackson takes that leap and discovers that love sometimes comes in unexpected packages.
This boxed set contains the prequel to the series, the three main books in the series, and a bonus short where they take their first vacation as a family.
Family by Fate
The Accidental Master
Master by Choice
Master by Fate
Family in Love
205k+ words
Story Contains: M/m/m romantic content, mild BDSM, puppy play, and a bit of role playing between a naughty pup and his loving Master.


Narration: Kenneth Obi…umm loved his voice! He had a great flow and moved the story along wonderfully. I had goosebumps doing the sexy-times as he read. I’ll be looking for more of his narrations after writing this!

 

Books in the audio file:
Family by Fate (prequel)
The Accidental Master
Master by Choice
Master by Fate
Family in Love

Story: This is a kink book series…hands-down. The main theme is puppy-play, so be warned.
I was given the whole series in one audio file, so it took a bit to get through it (20 hours and 31 minutes), but wow, it was worth it. It was cute, playful, and had some HOT sex scenes that had me blushing at work!

Ugh, who do I start with? I loved all three of these guys. Cooper was an energetic guy and pup who stole some of the scenes with his cheeky behavior. But Sawyer stole my heart as the stable, quiet guy who just needed cuddles. Then Jackson, the Master who had no idea he had a hidden kink!

I laughed so hard listening to the debacle that was Jackson’s sister mixing up the Facebook adds. But he meets Sawyer and Cooper in the whole mess.

Sawyer and Cooper are younger guys trying to make their way through life with no family help. Sawyer’s dad had him out of the house the day after graduation after trying when he turned 18 during school, so he knew it was coming. Cooper had no idea and was blind-sided by his nasty parents, who acted like everything was perfect up to the minute they threw him out because of his puppy kink.

I think Jackson was the perfect option for them as a dog trainer! Cooper was just too filled with energy for anything less lol. The story is a gradual build into a wonderful three-way relationship. Even the boys had started as friends for years through high school before finding themselves as family and lovers after graduation. And they folded Jackson into the relationship in a very real and believable way.

Oh, and the sex scenes…there are a lot of them, and they’re smoking hot!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis